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Old 08-11-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Take Boston, MA, for example, Many people in the Boston metro area have a unique accent (i.e. the Boston accent), but step out about 40 miles away from Boston, and no one really has the accent! It's such a small area, relative to the U.S. yet they have an accent. Same with NYC. It's a relatively small area with a unique accent, but as soon as you leave the NYC metro area, no one really speaks that way. It's funny how people in Connecticut have no accent whatsoever (except relative to the South) in relation to these two major cities that are only a 2-hr drive away from Hartford.

Are there any other small areas in the nation that have a distinctive accent such as the NY accent or Boston accent?
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:24 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Yes. Most cities do. Just that some are more distinguishable than others.

Some even have their own lingo, Pittsburgh for example.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Yes. Most cities do. Just that some are more distinguishable than others.

Some even have their own lingo, Pittsburgh for example.
Yes, Pittsburghese thats always fun to hear. My grandparents are from central pennsylvania and have the accent.

Even in Cleveland where I'm from there is a difference in the way we talk from the rest of Ohio, usually due to the way we pronounce our A's and O's

Couple other "Cleveland" terms to note

Tree-lawn or Devil's strip: Both can refer to the grassy area between the sidewalk and the street.

The Rapid: is what we call the subway

"Tennis shoes" instead of sneakers
"Pop" instead of soda
"Suckers" instead of lollipops
"Sweeper"/"electric broom" instead of vacuum ("vacuum" still more commonly used)
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:56 PM
 
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Most of Upstate NY has its own accent and lingo.

Albany/Hudson Valley is a mix of NYC/New England.

The rest of the state is more Northern Vowel Shift, but coupled with the NVS, we use Northeast lingo like "soda", "sneakers", "youse", "wicked" etc.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:16 PM
 
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Tangier, VA!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Tangier, VA!
This!!! Perhaps the smallest area/population with a distinct accent in the U.S.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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This!!! Perhaps the smallest area/population with a distinct accent in the U.S.
Smith Island also has a unique accent in a little place. I believe Tangier is smaller.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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The four cities that instantly came to mind for me are Pittsburgh, Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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The Outer Banks of NC have almost a New England type accent...it's very unique to NC.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Most areas have a distinct accent but it really is remarkable how quickly they change on the East Coast.

Boston's accent transitions into a New York accent which turns into a Philadelphia accent midway through New Jersey which turns into a Baltimore accent in Maryland and from there the various Southern accents kick in. About 5 really distinct accents in a span of a 8 Hour drive lol and that's not even factoring in the different accents away from the coast.
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